Institute Support Specialist (Senior Research Administrator)

Job description

UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. We are growing with the DFW region, enrolling a record 47,000+ students across our system and awarding nearly 12,000 degrees each year.

Posting Title:

Institute Support Specialist (Senior Research Administrator)


HSC-Faculty Research Support Team-390060

Job Location:

Fort Worth

Salary Information:

Salary Commensurate with Experience

Department Summary:

The Faculty Research Support Team (FRST) provides assistance with proposal compilation and award management of external funding. Such assistance benefits the investigator by reducing administrative burden and by ensuring fiscal and technical compliance with University policies and procedures, government regulations and requirements, and sponsor-specific guidelines and conditions.
FRST staff provide a full range of policy and procedural expertise. That includes a broad knowledge of public and sponsor-specific systems, and an understanding and interpretation of program-specific requirements. The goal is to add as much quality and value as possible to each proposal or award. FRST is a liaison between the research faculty and the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Position Overview:

Provide departmental level research administrative support to faculty on externally sponsored research projects. This position provides direct professional support and guidance in the proposal submission and administration of grants, contracts and related funds to faculty and
staff in an assigned portfolio of departments. This position provides high levels of client satisfaction through strong relationship management efforts.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and four (4) years of related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Up to date knowledge of applicable law, and federal and state grant guidelines, including but not limited to FARS, DFARS, 2 CFR 200, and Uniform Grant Management Standards.

Understands and respects the need for structured guidelines and protocols but is willing to ask for clarification if something doesn’t make sense and could cause unnecessary problems for a Co-Worker, the organization or could result in less than an excellent level of service for a Customer.

Attentive to details.

Asks questions to accurately document information and update records.

Excellent communication and follow-up.

Copes with stress or pressure in a way that is transparent to others.

CRA, CPRA and/or CFRA Certified

Work Schedule:

M-F 8-5

Driving University Vehicle:


Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Classification Title:

Manager, Research

Physical Requirements:

Sitting, Writing, Talk or Hear, Ability to communicate


Assist Faculty with research grant proposal development and submission.


Review internal and external grant proposal guidelines and ensures proposal compliance.


Ensure proposed and actual grant expenditures conform to appropriate sponsor guidelines and policies.


Assist with directing financial management of complex grant and contract budgets as well as processing subaward and vendor agreements.


Ensure proposed and actual grant expenditures conform to appropriate guidelines and policies.


Coordinate research-related functions between school and other University research offices.


Ensure appropriate subrecipient monitoring is completed.


Coordinate prior approval requests and ensure all award terms and conditions are being met.


Participate in program related activities as appropriate for this role.

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Job No:
Posted: 4/24/2021
Application Due: 7/23/2021
Work Type: Full Time